Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Roster size down to 34 after two more cuts

We can now count the number of days left until Opening Day by using one hand. However, Cincinnati has yet to finalize their 25-man roster.

They took a step closer on Wednesday by trimming the roster size down to 34. Southpaw Wilkin De La Rosa and right-handed pitcher Clay Hensley were given pink slips this morning and were re-assigned to the minor league camp.

De La Rosa, 28, appeared in nine games this spring and tallied a 9.31 ERA in 9.2 innings of work. He spent the bulk of 2012 with Double-A Pensacola and is a good bet to start the season there in 2013.

Hensley, 33, hurled 12 innings this spring in eight games and posted a 4.50 ERA. He spent last year in the San Francisco Giants bullpen and is likely to begin this season at Triple-A Louisville.

With those two gone, that still leaves nine more cuts to be made by Monday. Skipper Dusty Baker said he hopes to have his roster set before the Reds break camp and head home on Saturday.

Via Cincinnati Enquirer

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